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After thinking it over and over and over and looking at an insane number of boats...we've reluctantly decided to put off the purchase of a coastal boat for a few years and go the charter route instead. It just makes more sense for us right now - and gives us the freedom to go to some crazy beautiful places, pick up a pimpin' ride and have some fun without all the ongoing overhead and work. In the mean time, we'll enjoy our C27 in our little lake and keep improving our mad sailing skillz.

So, as I now start to plow through the charter threads - I'd love to get some opinions from those who've done it...

What are the best and worst things about chartering?

I can already see comparisons of companies, locales, etc. And I've seen some interesting tips on packing and provisioning - but what about larger issues?

What should a chartering newb be prepared for that may not be obvious to the average moron like me?
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Well....okay....if you say so. Like I said, just looking for advice from those that have been there. And I guess you made it fine - right?

Thanks bro!

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Smack, I can't advise you on charters, but think you're making a pretty smart move. After buying my boat, and finding the "to do" and "to buy" list growing each trip, a charter doesn't sound bad. And you don't have to worry about your boat that is 250 miles away during hurricane season.

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Ralph, dude! What's up?

Thanks for the feedback. Jeez, it was actually a painful decision to move away from the idea of my own boat. But it seems that this way I can try out several types and brands - beat the hell out of 'em and then hit the bar while they fix the gelcoat!

Seriously, if I was already on the coast, I'd buy in a minute. Some day.

I'm still going to come hit you up some day soon though, dude.
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Starting to sound pretty good to me as well Smack...my kids might get to sail with me before they start getting AARP invites in the mail that way ...
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Heh-heh. How is the mast disaster turning out? Is the yard throwing you a bone?
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were still working it all out.
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were still working it all out.
Let me know if I need to come have a "word" with them.
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